9 December 2008,
Price realised USD 17,500
USD 12,000 - USD 18,000
A ROMAN BRONZE OINOCHOE
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.
The ovoid body with a groove at the shoulders and a short tapering neck, the trefoil mouth with egg-and-dart along the overhanging rim, the handle cast separately with a bust of a young satyr protruding at the join to the rim, the satyr wearing an animal skin across his left shoulder and under his right arm, hooves hanging over his arms, the handle extending to palmette rotellae, the handle-plate with the Return of Odysseus, depicted bearded, leaning on his staff, which he holds in both hands, his right resting at the top below his chin, wearing a short tunic, hat, and shoes, a mantle draped over his shoulders, a sack at his left hip, his weight on his left leg, his right leg bent at the knee and crossing the left, his faithful dog, Argos, lying with his head raised at Odysseus' feet, the scene framed by a tree on the left and a column on the right
9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm.) high
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For the iconography see the silver denarius from the Roman Republic, no. 60 in Buitron, The Odyssey and Ancient Art, an Epic in Word and Image.
Northern European Collection, acquired 1974.
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